Prokofiev - Violin Sonatas | Lawo Classics LWC1118

Prokofiev - Violin Sonatas


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Label: Lawo Classics

Cat No: LWC1118

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th January 2017



While Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No.1 was meant to sound “like wind in a cemetery”, the Second Sonata, originally written for flute, is characterized more by cloudless skies and an absence of concerns. Both are dedicated to the legendary violinist, David Oistrakh, who played parts of the First Sonata at Prokofiev’s funeral.

On this recording, the Five Mélodies serve as the transition between light and darkness. The work was originally a wordless vocalise written while Prokofiev was living in the USA. It was arranged for violin and piano during his years in Paris.

Elise Båtnes began playing the violin at the age of four and debuted as soloist with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra four years later. She has been the leader of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and appears as soloist with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. She has made five previous recordings for the LAWO Classics label.

Håvard Gimse is firmly established as one of Norway’s leading musicians, with an expansive repertoire that includes over 30 piano concertos. He gives regular guest performances at Wigmore Hall in London and is in frequent demand as both soloist and chamber musician.

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